The HEHP Diet (High Energy, High Protein)

The HEHP Diet (High Energy, High Protein)

If you’re a clinical dietitian working within the hospital setting, you probably know the high protein/energy (HPE) diet inside and out. For those of you with little exposure to the HPE, read on. What is Malnutrition Before we try to understand the HPE diet, we need to look at the condition a HPE diet is designed to prevent, malnutrition. Malnutrition is a silent killer that goes largely unrecognised, undiagnosed, untreated in our hospitals. Often, it is not taken seriously enough. It occurs when an individual does not consume enough protein and/or energy to meet their requirements. Some common causes of…
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Functional Foods – What Are They and Why Do They Matter?

Functional Foods – What Are They and Why Do They Matter?

Functional foods are a new trend emerging in response to the public’s increasing health consciousness. The food industry continues to create products with ‘added health benefits’ and it seems as if there is a new product on the shelf every week. It can be difficult to keep up. Let’s explore functional foods and if you should consider adding them to your diet. What is a Functional Food? What is a functional food? Now that is a good question. There is no singular, universal definition for functional foods. However, the general idea is a food with an added health function, that…
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Ketogenic Diets – An Analysis of the Pros and Cons

Ketogenic Diets – An Analysis of the Pros and Cons

Ketogenic diets are becoming increasingly popular. As a weight-loss tool, as a performance enhancer and for other health benefits. No matter the reason behind your consideration of the ketogenic diet, it is useful to understand the relevant evidence behind it. What is the Ketogenic Diet? The ketogenic diet is a high fat, very low carbohydrate diet.  It involves decreasing your carbohydrate intake to the point that it puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. When this happens, you body becomes more efficient at burning fat for energy. Ketones are also produced, which can be used an energy source.…
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The DASH Diet – Nutrition for Reducing High Blood Pressure

The DASH Diet – Nutrition for Reducing High Blood Pressure

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a condition that affects millions of people every year. The main risk factors for high blood pressure include an unhealthy diet (high in salt, saturated and trans fat and low in fibre and plant foods), being sedentary, consuming alcohol and tobacco and being overweight. A family history of hypertension, being over 65 and having co-existing diseases such as diabetes or kidney disease can also increase your risk of developing hypertension. Nonetheless, modifying your diet can be one of the most reliable ways to reverse hypertension. This is where the DASH diet comes in. DASH stands…
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Eat A Rainbow: Why Variety is Important

Eat A Rainbow: Why Variety is Important

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past couple of years, you will know all about the ‘Go for 2 & 5’ campaign. The Australian Government created a funny, friendly-looking fruit and veg man who informed Australian kids (and adults) about the importance of consuming 2 fruits and 5 vegetables each day. The government pushed this campaign hard, with flyers, television advertisements and even educational programs in schools. The campaign was an effort to promote healthful behaviours in our increasingly unhealthy population. However, is ‘2 & 5’ enough? While it’s a good place to start, good health…
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